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Oldest building in Brugg and symbol of the city. It is located on the northern edge of the old town, right next to the bridge that gave the city its name.
The tower was built in the last quarter of the 12th century and was probably built by Count Albrecht III. von Habsburg. The Black Tower was first mentioned in a document in 1238.
Since parts of the walls, which originated from the ruins of the nearby Vindonissa legionary camp, were also used for the construction, it was long believed that the tower was of Roman origin. It was only in the 19th century that it became clear that the material was being reused and that the tower had been built at least 800 years later than expected.
On the west and south side, the Black Tower is enclosed by the Town Hall. The building was built in late Gothic style in 1579. Since the rebuild in 1758/59 it has had its present form.
The tower served as a district prison from 1846 onwards; in the course of the centralization of the prison system, the cells were lifted in November 2006.
(acc. to Wikipedia.org)